SMART Family & Friends

Support for family & friends of people who use methamphetamine

Join our 8 week program supporting the family and friends of people who use methamphetamine

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Dr Angela Argent
National Program Manager

SMART Recovery Australia is providing free support sessions for family members, friends, carers and supporters of people who use methamphetamine.

The sole aim of the program is to improve your quality of life, coping skills and support system. It is about getting you to regain control of your own life. 

We do this through 8 weekly sessions dedicated to: enabling and enhancing coping, improving resilience and wellbeing, finding the motivation to change, engaging in self-care, challenging thinking and communicating assertively.

We will be running the 8 week sessions throughout the year, with the next one commencing Monday, 5th July: 12pm-2pm (weekly for 8 weeks). 

The course has a 10 person capacity, so be sure to reserve your place quickly. We will be announcing further dates later in the year. 

We are also working alongside the University of Wollongong in order to improve and evaluate the effectiveness of our of service and program. We are looking for participants who are willing to complete a series of questionnaires before and after the program. More information on the study, as well as eligibility can be found below.

Non judgmental

Confidential support groups that take a harm reduction approach

Accessible format

Convenient weekly Zoom sessions (friendly team on-hand to provide tech assistance)

Award winning

WA Alcohol and other Drug Excellence Awards (via WA Mental Health Commission)

SMART Recovery Australia National Program Coordinator Josette Freeman is calling for long-term rehabilitation options to help ice addicts get clean.

“The focus is not on the person with the problem behaviour, but to teach practical skills to the supporter to improve their own resilience and wellbeing”

Josette Freeman

SMART Recovery Australia Ambassador

What the 8 sessions will cover

SESSION 1: FINDING THE MOTIVATION TO CHANGE

Why Should I Change?; Explaining the Stages of Change; Cost/benefit: Weighing Up the Pros and Cons; Change Plan Exercise; Change Motivation Assessment

SESSION 2: SELF-CARE, SUPPORT AND REWARDS

The Importance of Self-Care; Planning Ahead for Personal Reward; Enjoyable Activities Checklist; Lifestyle Balance Activities Checklist; The Lifestyle Audit; Ideas for Letting Go of Guilt and Self-Blame

SESSION 3: THE ABCs OF CBT

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?; ABCs of CBT – How Thinking Affects Behaviour; Challenging Unhelpful Thinking; Some Common Unhelpful Beliefs

SESSION 4: ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION

Assertive Communication; Assertive Communication Tips; Blaming/Critical Messages vs ‘I’ Statements; Simple Recipe for Making ‘I’ Statements; Setting Boundaries

SESSION 5: PROBLEM SOLVING AND MAKING BETTER CHOICES

Problem Solving

SESSION 6: COPING WITH LAPSES

Lapse vs Relapse; Coping with Lapse; The Urge Log; Maintaining Motivation

SESSION 7: KEEPING SAFE AND SEEKING SUPPORT

What is Violence?; Tips for Staying Safe; Ideas for Keeping Safe; Developing a Support Network

SESSION 8: GOAL SETTING

Goal-Setting Ideas; SMART Goals; Goal Setting Exercise

Is there any cost?

SMART Recovery Australia is a not-for-profit organisation and therefore we do not charge participants to attend this course. 

We want your feedback

SMART Recovery Australia is partnering with the University of Wollongong (funded by a grant from the National Centre of Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED)) to evaluate how helpful the SMART Family and Friends program is for family members, friends and supporters impacted by methamphetamine use.

Participants will be asked to complete 3 x telephone questionnaires with a researcher – before the group commences, 1-week and 1-month after the group finishes. For further information please read the Participant Information & Consent Form.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee, Ethics Number: 2020/019.

Other eligibility requirements:

  • Participants must be over the age of 18
  • Participants must be a family member, carer, or supporter of a person who is using methamphetamine
  • Participants must be able to attend all 8 online sessions 
  • Participants must have access to a telephone in order to complete follow up surveys. 

July registrations now open

Next course: Monday 5th July: 12pm-2pm (weekly for 8 weeks)

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If you are interested in attending, please complete this form and one of our collaborative partners from the University of Wollongong will be in touch!

All information collected which identifies you, such as your name and contact details, is strictly confidential to the project team. Involvement in this study is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time.

For more information, please contact Camilla Weeks:

m: 0408 379 700

e: [email protected]

Participant Information & Consent Form

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Meet your facilitator

Dr Angela Argent (PhD) is National Program Manager/ Research Advisor at SMART Recovery, Australia, working in partnership with the SMART Australia Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the SMART Recovery International Global Research Advisory Committee (GRAC). She is a member of the SMART Recovery International Global Training Committee as well as the Research Ethics Consultation Committee (RECC) for the Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN). She is also a Health Education Officer at the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Sydney.

Angela studied psychology and humanities at Sydney University. She completed a doctorate in the School of Historical and Gender Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. She taught for ten years at Monash and Sydney and was Honorary Research Associate at Sydney University while living and working for an NGO and university in the Czech Republic. In 2019 she completed a research degree in creative practices at UTS.

Angela has worked within NGO and university sectors for more than twenty years. She possesses highly developed research and program management skills and a strong track record in translating evidence into better practices and improved outcomes. Angela has researched and published widely in a range of contexts.

Angela was Executive Officer at Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service Network, Senior Policy Officer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Student Equity Officer at UNSW and Senior
Research/Policy Officer at Schizophrenia Fellowship, Mental Health Coordinating Council, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability and NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

Angela is committed to evidence-led practices and partnerships that aim to build social inclusion, put people at the centre of conversations, minimise harms and build recovery capital in ways that are strengths- based and trauma-informed.

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